Approved The South Carolina legislature voted May 10 to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s (R ) veto of H.3516. Read more about the bill, which includes a state gas tax increase, new electric and hybrid vehicle fees, and more. South Carolina is the fifth state to increase...read more
Update May 10: The same day the legislature approved a gas tax increase, Gov. Henry McMaster (R) issued his expected veto. The South Carolina House voted 95-18 at 11:40 a.m. on May 10 to override the veto, and sent the bill to the Senate for consideration of a veto...read more
Introduced Wisconsin Assembly Republicans presented a plan on May 4 to create a 5 percent sales tax on the average wholesale price of gasoline, while decreasing the flat excise tax paid at the pump. Pending South Carolina House lawmakers on May 3 voted 107-7 to reject...read more
Signed into law Tennessee’s IMPROVE Act— legislation that increases the state gas tax and other transportation-related fees— was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on April 26. The bill is estimated to generate $350 million annually. Indiana’s House Bill 1002— a...read more
Today Indiana House and Senate leaders reported on April 19 that they had reached a deal to provide long-term transportation funding, including a 10 cents-per-gallon motor fuel tax increase (indexed to inflation for the next seven years, with a cap of 1 cent increase...read more
Vehicle miles traveled grew 1.9 percent (4.4 billion vehicle miles) nationally in February 2017 when compared to February 2016, according to the latest report from the Federal Highway Administration. Cumulative travel in 2017 grew 2 percent (9.5 billion vehicle miles)...read more
Enacted Legislation Minnesota Mark Dayton (D) approved the state department of transportation’s budget on April 3, allowing the agency to utilize $105 million in federal funding approved by the FAST Act to complete over 28 highway, road and bridge projects. Lawmakers...read more
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) vowed on April 4 to veto any legislation that includes a state gas tax increase. Instead, the governor urged lawmakers to approve bonds for highway construction. The legislature approved $1 billion in bonds in 2013 and $2 billion...read more
Several South Carolina state senators on March 29 prevented a transportation funding bill from being scheduled for debate. The legislation fell five votes shy (23-18) of the required two-thirds supermajority vote needed for priority status. The bill, which would...read more
The South Carolina House of Representatives on March 1 passed a plan to increase motor fuel taxes and transportation-related fees to provide an estimated $600 million annually for needed transportation infrastructure maintenance and construction. The plan will now go...read more
Indiana House Democrats announced a plan on Feb. 6 to increase transportation funding by $800 million to $900 million annually by dedicating the annual state agency budget reversions toward state and local funding; ensuring all motor fuel taxes—including the state...read more
A Jan. 26 review of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) by the Legislative Audit Bureau found that the agency did not take into account inflation and design changes when estimating project cost, causing them to greatly underestimate the cost of 19...read more
U.S. states will need to shoulder additional cost burdens for repairing or replacing aging transportation infrastructure, predicts a Jan. 19 report by Moody’s Investors Service. States that are currently dealing with a large maintenance burden and transportation...read more
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will delay an additional 10 road projects worth $17.45 million as a result of the state’s budget shortfall. In November the agency announced the delay of 24 other road projects (worth $32 million), and in April KDOT...read more
A number of states are expected make transportation funding a priority in their 2017 legislative sessions. This includes a dozen states where we think there is a good chance of legislation moving forward. Many legislators held off on introducing major bills in 2016,...read more
South Carolina 2016 Ballot Measure Results
Excise tax: State motor fuel tax of 16 cents-per-gallon applies to all alternative fuel. Biodiesel, ethanol blends, liquid natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) also pay the state motor fuel inspection fee and environmental fee; liquid propane is exempt from these fees.
Fee/Tax in addition to Gas Excise Tax: Inspection fee and environmental impact fee (0.75 cent-per-gallon).
*Federal funding percentages are from an ARTBA analysis of FHWA Highway Statistics data, total ten year average 2004-2013 from tables SF-1 and SF-2. The percent is the ratio of federal aid reimbursements to the state and total state capital outlays and is indicative of the importance of the federal aid program to state capital spending for highways and bridges. Does not include local capital spending. Federal highway reimbursements are primarily used for capital outlays, including construction, right of way and engineering, but are also used for debt service for GARVEE bonds.